With the GoPro Hero 11 Black and Hero 11 Black Mini, the manufacturer has introduced two new action cams, which pretty much exactly after a year the successor of the 10 model. The most important innovations are a larger battery and a new sensor that resolves at 27 megapixels.
GoPro Hero 11 Black and Hero 11 Black Mini in detail
In terms of design, the new GoPro Hero 11 Black is almost like two peas in a pod to its direct predecessor. With the exception of the blue “11 Black” lettering on the left side above the power button, of course.
However, the most important improvement is the new sensor, which now has a resolution of 27.13 megapixels compared to 23 MP in the 10 Black. It also comes with a new HyperView lens in 8:7 format, which is supposed to provide a more intense viewing angle and more flexibility in the image format.
Videos should be easier to crop into landscape or portrait mode after the fact. 16:9 video is recorded by the Hero 11 Black in 5.3K resolution at up to 60 fps, or in 4:3 at 4K and 60 fps, and at a bit rate of 120 Mbps compared to 100 Mbps for its predecessor.
Video stabilization has also been improved. HyperSmooth 5.0 is supposed to allow even smoother and shake-free recordings, while the optional AutoBoost also automatically adjusts the stabilization with respect to your speed and movement.
New features and battery
Still images can be extracted from video at 24.7 megapixels, while a 10-bit color depth provides even more intense and vibrant colors. Slow-motion recording is possible in 4K at 120 frames per second, and in 2.7K even at up to 240 fps (8x slowdown).
In addition, there are three new night modes for creative time-lapse photography: Startrails lets you capture exciting light trail footage of the stars, while other modes allow light painting and auto light trail videos.
Thanks to HindSight, the GoPro Hero 11 Black even records up to 30 seconds before you’ve even pressed the record button.
Like its predecessor, the 11 model features a 1.4-inch color LC display with live preview and status on the front and a responsive touchscreen on the back. It’s also rugged and waterproof to 10 meters.
When it comes to the battery, you can expect another new feature, as the new model directly relies on the long-lasting Enduro battery, which is said to last much longer in cold temperatures and deliver up to 38 percent longer runtime in moderate temperatures.
GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini: performance in a compact form
On the other hand, a real innovation is the GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini, which adopts almost all the functions of its big sibling, but does without both displays, making it much more compact.
It features a small display along with a shutter button on the top, allowing it to be operated with just one button. Resolution, video modes and stabilization, however, are the same. The case is even more robust, while the 1,500 mAh Enduro battery is firmly integrated into the case.
The Quik app makes it quick and easy to edit recordings and share them on various social networks in seconds.
Prices and Availability
The GoPro Hero 11 Black is available now directly from the manufacturer for an MSRP of $549.99. If you sign up for a one-year GoPro subscription (single price: 44.99 euros per year) including unlimited cloud storage, automatic uploads and more, the price drops to 449.98 euros.
In the accessory bundle with a second battery, tripod, head strap and a 32 GB SD card, the action cam is priced at 599.99 euros or 499.98 euros in conjunction with the subscription. The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini, on the other hand, will not follow until October 25, 2022 at an MSRP of 359.98 euros with GoPro subscription.